Foursquare, Gowalla: checking in is not a game…

November 15, 2010

I have written in the past about the fight of location based apps like foursquare, gowalla, tellmewhere, brightkite, Google  etc… in several posts.

Now, time has passed. I have tested everything it was new. At the beginning it was fun: having badges and mayors with Forusquare, leaving stuff and taking stuff with Gowalla… but with time I don’t really care about all this games, and that is why in my post I said I was betting for tellmewhere, which was simple, you checked in, you could add tips and add places and photos. A bit of a mix of the best of both Foursquare (which has the tips) and Gowalla that now you can add photos.

Tellmewhere, from day one had this, but, unfortunatelly, it did not have the hipe the other two have… I guess a bit like betemax and VHS… VHS was the winner but Betamax was better….

Well, now there is a disruptor in the game, and I have also talked about. Facebook places.

Facebook places has still some road to go, but at the end of the day why are we going to check in? Because we want our friends to know. Where are our friends? Probably in facebook. In Gowalla, Foursquare, twitter, you have followers mostly. Not your real friends… so that makes Facebook places, with time, the winner.

I hope they learn from the others soon, and they allow us to edit places, add new places, add photos, add tips… because honestly, we don’t care about badges, objects and other games. Maybe promotions and local based offers and advertising.

The prospects for facebook are very good. For the other two… well, I don’t used them anymore. Only once in a while.

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